Healthy Feet e-booklet from NRC

NRC Healthy Feet Book Cover

The Natural Running Center has a free e-booklet on the topic of “Healthy Feet”. It’s 72 pages and full of content. From their own description:

The main attraction of the booklet is an extensive footwear study that appeared in a medical journal from 1905, and which arrived at the unvarnished conclusion that most “modern” shoes are harmful to the health and development of the human foot.

 It’s worth a read. You can download it from here.

Gait 101: Learning to Run More Naturally by Dr. Phil Maffetone

Dr. Phil Maffetone in a very good in-depth article over at Natural Running Center:

Many beginning runners remark about how much they enjoy the new experience. They care little about the nuances regarding form, technique, or proper gait. As long as they are moving, accumulating mileage over a sustained period of time, they feel content and satisfied. But at the advanced and elite level of running, the concept of gait takes on an entirely new dimension of complexity, constant questioning, and evaluation by a coach or oneself.

But what is exactly meant by the term “gait?”

Go read the article if you’re interested in proper gait… and you should be. Good stuff.

100 Workout Songs for Your iPod |

Lori Lange from shares her choice of 100 workout songs. She says:

You may or may not have my taste in music.  I like quite the variety.  I’m an 80?s band- freak so there’s a little of that in there.  I have a 10 year old, so there are a few current hits that I happen to enjoy.  And I’ve always loved The Offspring and the alternative, hard-core fast beat of most of their songs.

It is an eclectic mix of songs. Pretty cool.

Running in Silence | Static Made

Jeffrey Inscho of Static Made making a case for running in silence:

While the music, tech musings and automated metrics kept my mind from focussing on the discomfort my body was feeling, I also discovered that this constant connectivity (even while in the middle of the woods on a trail run) was keeping my mind from appreciating my surroundings in those moments, following an exploratory train-of-thought around professional ideas and concepts, or simply experiencing the silence and patterns in my breath.

As much as I love running with music, Jeffrey has a great point here. The times I’ve ran without music, my mind has been free to wander and contemplate. I’ve often had great ideas while running without music. These days I tend to do my weekly long run without music.

Barefoot Running University » Don’t Get Couch Potato Feet

Barefoot Running University » Don’t Get Couch Potato Feet

Healthy feet are allowed to move, flex, and explore. They’re given a steady diet of new terrain, plenty of dynamic movements, and lots of time in the open air. These feet grow strong, capable, and independent. They only need shoes for protection from excessive temperatures or rough terrain, or occasionally for running really fast or long.

Using Sand to Analyze Your Running Form | Barefoot Running University

Jason Robillard at Barefoot Running University:

Interestingly, you can also analyze their form by their footprints left in the sand.  This could be useful to you for analyzing your own form.  It could also make for a pretty nifty parlor trick.  You know… to impress the ladies.

This is an interesting article about how to “read” footprints in beach sand to understand the runner’s technique. Not sure about impressing the ladies, though.